Coming in Spring 2009: The Newly Updated GHFCW For Dummies!
You will want to start planning your trip early, not just because it's exciting, but because this is one of those instances where you may well lose out if you leave things to the last minute.
Here are some important things to consider:
2) Will you fly? Bus? Train? Drive? All options are open for getting to the Los Angeles area.
3) If you are going to fly, start watching for good air fares as soon as you have your tickets to the events. Anything below $300 round trip is an absolute winner if you are more than two states away from Cali. You should have purchased your airline ticket more than 2 weeks prior to the events for the best prices. Most airlines, plus services such as hotwire.com, travelocity.com, expedia.com and priceline.com offer programs were you can be informed if a fare drops below a particular price.
3.1)There are two airports nearby: LAX (LA International) and BUR (Burbank). Burbank is considerably closer to the Lodge and not quite as mired in traffic, but has fewer flights in.
3.2) Once you have landed, you, of course, need to get to the Lodge.
3.2.a)Taxis are available at the airports. The cost of a taxi from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank to the Sportsmens Lodge is just over $20 one way. Several car rental options are available at the airports. The car rental facilities also usually have little slips with directions on them for how to get to major highways. Use the maps to the left and a mapping system like yahoo maps to figure out where you need to be.
3.2.b)There is transportation called "Super Shuttle" that will take you to almost any hotel in the area provided you have a reservation. You can make a reservation to and from your hotel by going to www.supershuttle.com or calling 800/258-3826. It costs around $25 per trip. Don't let the driver convince you that you will have to pay more than the reservationist quotes you. If the driver gives you a different rate, phone the 800 number before you get on the shuttle and have THEM tell the driver your rate. Don't take any crap. When your plane lands and you have your luggage, go to OUT of the concourse to "Ground Transportation" and wait for the shuttle (you'll see a lot of different shuttles going by for rental car stations and such), which is basically a huge, blue van. There will likely be an attendant there and you can tell them to radio your shuttle.
3.3) If you rent a car when you get there, you will still go immediately outside the concourse to Ground Transportation and wait for the shuttle that will take you to the car rental company you have chosen. SHOP AROUND before you book and be sure to check places like hotwire.com, travelocity.com, expedia.com and priceline.com for good rates. Plan on it taking about a half hour to get your car. BE PREPARED FOR TRAFFIC AS YOU HAVE NEVER IN YOUR LIFE ENCOUNTERED!! As mentioned previously, the car rental stations will usually have directions that will get you to the 405 North. From there, you will get off on the 101 East to Coldwater Canyon Ave (south) to Ventura Blvd (East). NOTE: I'm very serious. Whereas in other towns, you allow for a minute or so per mile, in LA, you double the miles to get the travel time. If it's between 3-6pm or 7-9am, you triple it at least.
4) If you are going to take a bus or train into LA, may God have mercy on your soul. Take weaponry. Check with http://www.amtrak.com/ and http://www.greyhound.com/ for more info.
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